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May 9, 2011

New Indy Car for 2012: No Delays, Please

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 6:20 pm

In the interest of balance part of my weekend was spent querying selected Indy Car owners about their actual feelings regarding potential delay of aero kits for new Indy Cars in 2012. It was not difficult to come away believing the most ruffled feathers belong to the most well heeled teams. The smaller owners understand the implications and do not mind waiting either.

That is not what matters. Fans do. As a group fans have clamored for years to replace the current long-in-the-tooth Dallara for a new car. The new car ‘shell’ is a sound idea and the right course given the economy today. The single most valid point owners make involves timing of specific data that needs to be released about the chassis so that aero kits can be built in time. Point taken.

But again, EVERYONE gets a WHOLE Dallara with an aero kit out of the gate and presumably the entire package will be thoroughly tested, most likely by Dan Wheldon in a Bryan Herta car. If the other aero kit manufacturers want to wait, fine. No one is stopping them. At worst what we will have is Dallara spec racing for another year only with new cars and possibly multiple engine manufacturers. It would not be a DP01 situation because Dallara has a deep knowledge base, and the series is not stupid enough to exclude IMS as its centerpiece.

Bottom line: There is no real need for angst unless the owners force their intent to delay the entire kit and caboodle until 2013. This would be the most idiotic, counterproductive move possible I know the new cars may cost some people a little more initially. Deal with it.

The richest teams need time to figure out how to stay dominant and they are going to spend the most anyway. The smaller teams may well be trying to figure out a way to reap increased welfare. Either way all the teams are going to need to suck it up. Above all many are hoping this latest round of mutinous behavior does not discourage Randy Bernard from doing the right thing. He is an idea man and he usually goes faster than anyone else. There needs to be an environment that allows him to do that. Owners that plant land mines on any road he follows do the entire sport a tremendous disservice. The number one item fans have asked for consistently is an evolved Indy Car. Everyone in the series must do what is right for the series.



  1. Based on the fact that he’ll be getting a lot of insight on the matter from Tony Cotman, I think Randy will make the right decision. Tony seems to have his finger well on the pulse of the situation (even referring to some of the self-serving interests of the team owners that you refer to) in his latest Q&A over how the new car is progressing:


    I’m suddenly feeling a lot more confident that we’ll see aero kits at Indy next year. I’m still pretty unhappy with the tone of the car owners, but I now think we’ll be OK in the end.

    Comment by The Speedgeek — May 9, 2011 @ 6:47 pm | Reply

  2. Make the rules and stand by them. Not allowing additional manufactures in with the kits is penny wise and pound foolish.

    If you want a Dallara kit, go with it. These owners, well most of them, are experts at sinking ships, the ones which they are on. Randy’s job is simple: save them from themselves.

    See you at the speedway!

    Comment by Mike Miller — May 9, 2011 @ 6:50 pm | Reply

  3. It’s funny how bootlickers like you always badmouth the owners. Without team owners you have no series. They are the ones who invest a considerable amount of money and their input should be taken seriously. They are not merely “constituents”

    Editor’s Note: ‘Bootlickers?’ How quaint. Credible too. I see your reading comprehension skills still leave a lot to be desired.

    Comment by TroyM — May 10, 2011 @ 1:38 am | Reply

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